Most people celebrate their 40th birthday with a night out at their favorite restaurant. Chef David LeFevre is doing his a bit differently — he's hosting a seven-chef, five-course meal at his own Manhattan Beach restaurant, Manhattan Beach Post, on July 16. Alongside him will be Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal, the dynamic duo of Steve Samson and Zach Pollack from Sotto, Mozza's James Beard-winning Matt Molina and Zoe Nathan of Milo & Olive.

The dinner is part of M.B. Post's summerlong “Can You Dig It?” dinner series, in which visiting guest chefs highlight produce from some of Southern California's most respected growers, including Windrose Farms, Coastal Farms and Harry's Berries. Proceeds from the $80-per-person meal will go to Common Threads, a program that provides free healthful-cooking classes for low-income families.

Seatings are available at 5:45, 6, and 6:15 p.m. and later in the evening at 8, 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. For reservations, contact the restaurant. Check out the full menu below.

Can You Dig It?: July 16 at Manhattan Beach Post: $80; $115 with wine pairing (tax and gratuity not included).


Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo – Gem lettuce, pickled beets, bread crumbs, green garlic crème fraiche

David LeFevre – Hamachi grilled over white oak with summer tomatoes and bitter green pesto

Matt Molina – Orecchiette with sausage & Swiss chard

Steve Samson & Zach Pollack – Veal cheek alla vaccinara, bitter chocolate agrodolce, semolina gnocco

Zoe Nathan – Fresh corn cake with Sweet Rose Creamery corn ice cream and strawberry rhubarb compote; cookies served with spiked milk

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